Continuing its strategic focus on the solar cell manufacturing market, Applied Materials has made another major acquisition in the solar equipment sector with the purchase of Switzerland-based HCT Shaping Systems SA, the largest specialist in wafer sawing tools for both solar and semiconductor wafer markets.
The continued demand for polysilicon coming primarily from the solarcell industry has led to WACKER’s starting ‘stage 8’ of polysiliconproduction expansion at its Burghausen, Germany site by an additional7,000 metric tons to a total of 21,500 metric tons per year.
Hoku Materials, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, hassigned its second long-term polysilicon material contract this year,this time with Suntech Power Holdings, and is worth approximately $678million over a 10-year supply deal.
Amtech Systems has won $4.1 million worth of neworders from Asia-based solar cell manufacturers primarily for itsdiffusion processing systems, the company said. The company has received more than $16.5 million insolar orders over the last twelve months. For the fiscal 2007 year todate, Amtech has received approximately $9.8 million of solar orders.The latest orders are expected to ship in approximately six months.
Thin-film silicon solar photovoltaic module manufacturer Signet Solar has announced plans to ultimately produce 1 gigawatt (GW) in annual production of solar modules over the next ten years at a new plant to be built in India at an estimated final cost of approximately $2 billion U.S. dollars.
Ex-Nanometrics Vice President of advanced technology Dr. Steven G.Hummel has been enlisted to the PV Powered team as vice president ofengineering. His new role will see him focus specifically on productdevelopment for the solar solutions company.
With the acquisition of BOC Edwards completed by CCMP Capital, the now independent group expects to grow revenues via a strategy of new product introductions and targeting emerging markets such as solar cell manufacturing.
Roth & Rau has won a follow-on order for a turnkey 60 MWp solar cell line for Grupo Pevafersa based in Toro, Spain. The line is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2008 and is being valued at €20 million.
HelioVolt Corporation CEO Dr. B.J. Stanbery (pictured) has announcedthe appointment of two new vice presidents in preparation for thecompany’s expansion plans. Ex-Applied Materials managing director ofmaterials Larry Peruffo is set to take up the role of VP of HelioVolt’ssupply chain, while Essilor Laboratories’ former VP of operations andtechnology, David Bowen, has been named as VP of manufacturingoperations.